Sunday, October 28, 2007


An attack by means of fiction on a recognizable victim who exists outside the literary work
• A real person who is attacked in a fictional account through a person that is meant to represent them

o Thomas Shadwell is the victim in John Dryden’s “Mac Flecknoe” and is represented by Mac Flecknoe
o Arabella Fermar is the victim in Alexander Pope’s “Rape of the Lock” and is represented by Belinda

Jill Sager

1 comment:

P.J. said...

Could you add a little more to the examples you've offered? Also, in light of the definition, can you talk a little about satire's effect and appropriateness when compared to less satirical works such as Absalom and Achitophel, or the "Universal Prayer"? - PJE